Youth Ministry

Learn & Practice

Email our Youth Minister Ethan Lowery with any questions or comments!

Middle and high school youth have the chance to gather most Sunday evenings during the school year. We always aim for some combination of fun, formation, and fellowship and it’s a pretty good time for youth to be on the campus, and feel connected to St. Stephen’s in a way beyond Sunday morning (and beyond their parents!).

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Middle school (6 – 8 grades) meets from 5:00-6:45pm
High school (9 – 12 grades) meets from 6:15-8:30pm
Both groups will share dinner together from 6:15-6:45pm

Middle School Immersion & High School Mission Trips 2017:
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Middle/High School Mission Trips

Our high school youth (finishing 9 – 12 grades) engage in hands-on service to others and deep fellowship with one another through an annual summertime Youth Mission Trip. Past Mission Trips have been to Alaska, Mississippi, Arizona, Wyoming, Washington, New York and Guatemala.

Middle school aged youth (finishing 6 – 8 grades) have the chance to participate in a local Bay Area week of service and learning—the Middle School Immersion Trip. We spend time on the first day and at night learning about community organizing, Christian practices, and social justice, and the rest of the week engaged in day-trips to different service projects and learning sites.

Acolytes

St. Stephen’s Acolytes are an outstanding group of young people (grades 4 through 12) that play an integral role in Sunday morning worship services and other special occasions.  Our Acolytes work in teams to assist clergy and the congregation throughout the service.  Acolytes have the opportunity to learn about the service and its many levels of meaning as they are involved in all aspects of the service including the Procession, the Gospel Reading, the Offertory, the Holy Eucharist and the Recession. Please contact Jan Spieth with questions 284-2199.

 

Confirmation

Confirmation is a rite of Christian young adulthood for 10 – 12 graders to articulate their Christian faith and to make a commitment to livelong Christian practice and learning. There is a 12-14 week series of classes in the Spring that lead up to a June Confirmation date at Grace Cathedral with the Bishop and 100+ other confirmands from around the Bay Area. Taught by the Youth Minister and other clergy.

Confirmation Class 2018

Mark your calendars now for our spring 2018 after church high school confirmation class. The course will start on February 4 and run from 11:30am to 1:30pm for 12 weeks after church on Sunday. Youth who make it to 9 out of the 12 weeks will be eligible to be confirmed at Grace Cathedral on June 2nd with other youth from around the diocese and Bishop Marc. 
 

Dates of the class: Feb 4, 11, 18, 25; Mar 4, 11, 18; Apr 15, 22, 29; May 20, 27

Confirmation itself is both a sacramental rite of passage and an opportunity for a thorough catechism–an instruction in the tradition and meaning of Christianity. It can be meaningful for many youth, and is by nature not necessarily appropriate only in adolescence. For more information, or if you’re curious if confirmation is right for your high schooler, contact Ethan at ethan@ststephensorinda.org